FEDERAL WAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUESTIONNAIRE
What is your plan for transit-adjacent development in Federal Way in relation to the Sound Transit project at Highline Extension, the Transit Center, and the potential Operation and Maintenance Facility?
Mark's Answer: My plan envisions a nearby plaza to the Federal Way light rail hub that could be called "Railway Plaza," as well as other private real estate investment in the form of new townhouses, apartments, condominiums, offices and shops, all within a 20 minute walk of the hub. I would also like to see a station for a seasonal, outdoors General Market that could be transformed to an indoors facility in the late Fall to early Spring, or during inclement weather. Shuttle services and one or two bicycle & pedestrian lanes should reach F.W.'s main downtown intersections and bus hubs, and shuttles to other high interest areas.
The draft Housing Action Plan creates urban density in Federal Way which may reduce tax revenue. What is your strategy to increase economic density within the City to compensate for this potential reduction? How will you create revenue to support the increased need for services (such as school, utilities, and fire) that the planned housing densities will require?
Mark's Answer: Federal Way should not go along with any plan that interrupts single home neighborhoods and lifestyles, even if it takes our City Attorney to stop such a plan through the courts. Any increased density should only be in areas historically zoned for that purpose or that have gone through the regular zoning & ordinance procedure for significant changes. Federal Way will not be bound to this particular draft if I'm elected mayor, therefore loss tax revenue may be more theoretical than actual on my watch. However, more tax revenue may come about, regardless, as a result of increased business activity through my enhancement of the arts, specifically my proposed Arts Commission and, via private investment, a proposed American Art Museum, as well as niche businesses that are started to specifically solve society's most ardent problems, such as overfilled landfills and housing for increasingly bigger, stratified populations.
According to the Association of WA Cities, cities can use funds from the American Rescue Plan to 1) support public health expenditures 2) address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency 3) replace lost public sector revenue 4) provide premium pay for essential workers and 5) invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
How do you plan to allocate the $19 million ARPA funds awarded to the City of Federal Way among these categories?
Mark's Answer: This money should go exactly to the health related purposes or infrastructure stated, yet the economic impact part seems a little ambiguous and kind of a get-out-of-jail card, which is not necessarily bad, and gives the mayor flexibility. Moreover, every one of the items stated are essential to good civic order, so I would say every item listed, including economic impact, should receive at least 12% allocation. That leaves 40%, which I would leave to the City Council to divvy out as they see fit, and I'm not sure any of this could be allocated solely with the mayor's imprimatur anyway. However, I'm especially interested in the quality of water, sewer and storm drainage infrastructure in Federal Way and generally, so I would see to it that this particular environmental standard is well funded and upgraded, as everything from businesses to general society depend on reliable water sources.
There's going to be climate change alright, it's called "Revelation," and it's the last book of Scripture. It's probably not the kind of climate change that little Alexandria has in mind, but's it's the one that she and everybody else should be the most concerned about. This will be, predominately, a spiritual climate change, but the seven years of tribulations might feel like, or to some extent be, the climate change that A.O.C. and her fellow leftists are talking about. It's prophecy, which means there's nothing we can do about it. Interestingly, A.O.C.'s timeline for the end of the world, if we don't act, according to her, might, eerily, be prescient to what Scripture calls the end of times. Rejoice, however, if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you need not worry about "Revelation," and, if you're lucky, you might be taken away from the tribulations through "The Rapture." Meanwhile, we don't need to follow Governor Jay Inslee's crazy, bizarre anti-fossil fuels energy agenda that would raise everybody's already high housing costs, including rents, and would have other irreconcilable effects on the economy and life in general. I could be wrong, but I don't believe the Lord is going to let the planet sink into an uninhabitable condition; either way, regardless, His Divine Glory will do what He wills.
The powers-that-be, mostly secularist, that are leading the world into chaos, degeneration and moral decay, now want to tell us that we are going to be successful and practically immortal if we follow their lead on climate change and get the "aborted fetuses" shot...by mandate; it's all bizarre. Follow "The Way," instead.
The City of Federal Way is in the process of joining the K4C. How will you ensure that the Joint Climate Commitments and carbon reduction targets are met?
Mark's Answer: I wouldn't ensure anything in that regard. In fact, I hope that my election is in time to stop us from joining the K4C or whatever other bizarre name they choose to call it. We are going to meet our energy commitments in Federal Way one way or the other, whichever is most proficient: energy, cost and practical environmental-wise. I don't buy into the climate change hysteria, scientifically or otherwise (if Earth descends into uninhabitable chaos, then it will go by Scriptural forecast; think the last book of the New Testament, "Revelation"). Even if you, yourself, don't believe that, nothing the U.S. does with carbon emissions, let alone a small city like Federal Way, will make one iota of difference if big countries like China and India don't play along, and they're not playing along as far as I can tell, so I say don't twist ourselves into pretzels or go back to 1900 energy standards to conduct this carbon reduction experiment when other major countries aren't doing the same.
Do you support Federal Way's joining the King County Conservation District? Why or why not?
Mark's Answer: No. The moment you say "King County," that includes the crazed radicals of Seattle that dominate the politics of their city and our county, unfortunately. Federal Way doesn't need to join anything that has county involvement unless it's mandated by law, and just the fact that we're in the same county as Seattle, we have to cooperate with them and all of King County in some fashion, but that doesn't mean going out of our way to commingle with the likes of Radical Seattle if we don't have to.
Would you support an effort in Federal Way to educate consumers about water usage and ways to conserve? Why or why not?
Mark's Answer: Yes, to a degree, I wouldn't go overboard with such a program. I believe in the power of increments, the little things that thousands of people do can make tremendous changes for the better. It doesn't take a rocket science degree or government mandates to figure out how to save water. All it takes is a little common sense. If you want to save water on your own, you will. If you don't, you won't. The city or the agency that handles water issues in Federal Way can mail out fliers and make common sense recommendations. Of course, an emergency of a lack of water supply for everybody would require something more proactive.
Federal Way is faced with many pressing issues, among them covid-19 recovery, housing insecurity, income inequality, and racial injustice. How do you see a response to climate change fitting with respect to these other priorities?
Mark's Answer: I believe hysteria about just about anything only makes things worst, and some of the so-called challenges that others make up are blown up way out of proportion to the actual reality. We have to approach every real problem with practical, rational solutions, and nothing is ever going to be utopia because that's life. It's obvious the preparers of this questionnaire are concerned about climate change, which is something pretty much out of human control anyway (we're not God), not to mention that, scientifically speaking, there has always been climate change since time immemorial. It simply doesn't play a big role in how I think about city government, especially a would-be mayor of a small city that would have nothing to do with that. I would oppose going back to 1900 energy standards, however. Climate change is the quintessential "it is what it is," and any man-made effects on how it came about is minimal enough not to worry about it. I don't lose any sleep over climate change.
What policies and/or incentives would you propose to reduce use of fossil fuels and increase use of public transportation?
Mark's Answer: None.
Do you support ranked-choice voting in Federal Way? Why or why not?
Mark's Answer: No. It's totally ridiculous. People are already losing trust over the simple system of "whoever gets the most votes wins," how does making things more complicated improve that? It doesn't. Nobody has ever convinced me that a Rube Goldberg methodology for counting votes and determining a winner improves elections. Making votes harder to track or understand breeds mistrust. There's already enough of that, and for good reason.